Jamara Forbes – List Of Dreamers
Jamara Forbes is a Floridian based photographer/videographer with a tenacious, and righteously kind soul. Her true "traveler's spirit" has led her down a path of immense passion for mass media. Jamara enjoys capturing moments that can stand the test of time, and provide clients with keepsakes of joy.
Have you always followed your dreams?
Yes, I personally believe I've always followed my dreams, once I found my passion during a dual credit internship with my high school and with the community college in my county. In the summer of 2008, I knew I found my passion for mass communications at WPDS-TV when I earned my required hours long before I completed my internship. As I have gotten older, I believe my gifts and talents have made room for me, so now the capacity in which I am following my dreams is increasing. Since I could remember, I've always had a (disposable) camera in my hands; I always wanted to remember the places I visited and the people I went with. In retrospect, although I was shy growing up, I enjoyed asking questions ( I wanted to know how the world around me worked), listening to the wisdom of my elders, and conversing about life.
What is the greatest challenge you have overcome?
Truthfully, I have overcome the fear of failure in business, by trusting in Jesus. Each day I make a decision to allow faith, not fear, to direct my path concerning business matters (and of course personal matters). Some days I overcome fear better than the previous day, but I'm still a work in progress, as we all are. Last year (2015), was one of the most difficult years of my life, and it was mostly because I allowed fear to stagnant my growth—personally, spiritually, and as a business women. A few years ago, one of my business mentors, Keandra Ward, stated that whatever issues you don't resolve in your personal life WILL appear in your business, and it's so true. My personally mantra for 2016 is to " live life fearlessly today"! I"m ready to "fail trying" than to play it safe by not trying at all.
How do you keep yourself level headed and focused?
Let me begin by saying, I have my moments when I slack off, when I'm uninspired, and when I couldn't care less, but my passion for my gifts— to encourage (at my local assembly & being a radio co-host etc.), cinematography and photography—eventually rail me back in to re-racking my focus. In my "off season" moments, I remind myself it's just apart of the cycle many people go through, feeling focused and feeling unfocused. A few things I practice to keep myself level headed and focused are the following:
1. 1. I always have my metallic gold calendar with me at all times to reference my weekly, and monthly, engagements. When I take time to glace over my schedule, it gives me insight to the days and times I have previously scheduled engagements, so that I can schedule my phone calls, my projects, and my "me time". I also carry my calendar with me to promptly respond to business inquires.
2. 2. I also try my best to play just as hard as I work. Because I enjoy the entire process of cinematography and photography, sometimes I find it difficult to take a break and just breathe.
3. 3. I schedule me time weekly, from working out at the gym to taking naps. ( No calls please lolz).
4. 4. I surround myself with people who have my BEST interest, my family, my friends, and my mentors. At times, I really need their advice to keep me focused.
I personally believe life is a class called "the art of mastering balance and focus" , and I will forever be a pupil in the front row, adjusting my focus, intensively listening, and jotting down notes.
What is your advice to someone who is afraid to pursue their dreams and goals?
First, I would ask the following questions: Why are you afraid? What are you afraid of? What if I told you that you have ONE life—YOLO—to live on this earth (before you spend eternity with, or without, God?) What if I told you that you were created with a purpose, and you NOT STEPPING out in faith will continue to stagnant you? My advice to people who have dreams and/or goals, but are afraid to step out and try, I would encourage them to believe in themselves, invest in themselves, and trust the gift God has given them.
Yes, there are people currently in your field who have more experience than you, but no one can be you, and no one can do what you do. Trust your process, we ALL have to begin at the starting line. Pursue your passion. Don't compare yourself to others (Sometimes I still do that, but then I remind myself to trust my process). We ALL have a race to run. So get in your lane, tighten your laces, and conquer uncharted territories!